Do you know the right questions to ask a midwife at an interview or first consult? Choosing a midwife to assist in the birth of your child is a significant …
Hi there! I’m Lindsey VanAlstyne, the childbirth educator behind Mother Rising. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about natural childbirth. Natural birth 101 – how to plan for a natural birth, ways to cope with labor pain, and more!
Stages of Labor
To get started with a natural birth, study the basics – the stages of labor. Learn about when to go to the hospital, understanding contractions, writing a birth plan, identifying early labor, water breaking 101, and more with Mother Rising’s tips and advice for each stage of labor!
Once you understand how normal labor progresses, it’s helpful to pair that information with coping strategies for the pain of labor. DIY pain management in labor is extremely effective and a cornerstone to having a safe and satisfying natural birth experience. Learn the about the purpose of labor pain and how to relax during contractions.
Check out all the “How To’s” of decreasing labor pains:
- How to cope through early labor
- How to relax between contractions
- How to labor at home as long as possible
- How to not pass out (this one is for dads)
- How to rock back labor
- How to progress prodromal labor
- How to use birth positions to decrease pain
- How to use a birth ball for a better birth
- How to rock a long and difficult birth
- How to stop throwing up during labor
- How to get through birth without an epidural
- How to prevent tearing
Learn about birthing tools used in labor and delivery like a birthing ball, hydrotherapy/water birth, gas and air for labor, but also birth affirmations, and the B.R.A.I.N. acronym tool that helps parents obtain informed consent.
Discover the world of homebirth with homebirth stories, a homebirth supply list, understanding a midwife’s birth team, how to setup for a water birth, having siblings at birth, and more with Mother Rising’s tips and advice for homebirth!
Want to know more about a natural hospital birth? I got you. Plan for an empowered natural hospital birth with questions to ask on a hospital tour, and tips to pack a hospital bag. Learn about laboring at home as long as possible, coping through labor before an epidural, VBAC tips, routine newborn procedures, and more with Mother Rising’s tips and advice for hospital birth!
Read birth stories and see birth photos for inspiration and motivation, written by mamas just like you! Have a birth story to share? Send it my way. :)
The Latest Posts on Natural Birth
Here you’ll find the latest evidence-based resources, articles, and inspiration for all things natural birth. Enjoy! :)
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I wrote these thoughts on suffering in labor during March of 2017, but for whatever reason never published it. I just read it again, 6.5 years later and, interestingly enough, …
If you’re curious about biblical childbirth, and by that I mean answering the question “what does the Bible say about childbirth?”, you’ve come to the right place. In this post …
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My name is Lindsey, the blogger behind Mother Rising, and here is my birth story of my middle child, Eden. Eden was born at home right before her due date, …
At every birth, no matter what, there’s a dynamic that catches new parents off guard. Parents that have been there, done that, know all too well what this is. And …
As a childbirth instructor, I am fascinated by pain, our responses to it, and how to make painful experiences better. Because of this, I have found many, many ways to …
The fear tension pain cycle reveals how fear, tension, and pain feed off each other creating an ever increasingly painful birth. This cycle is something parents need to understand when …